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Sheldon Richardson | Defensive Lineman | #91

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/29/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 294
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (13) / NYJ
Contract: view contract details

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Jets DE Sheldon Richardson is set to return after serving his one-game suspension.
New York will have to make a roster move to activate Richardson, but that should happen early in the week. The Jets recorded seven sacks and hounded Andy Dalton all game without Richardson Week 1, and the defensive line should be able to cause even more havoc with him back in the lineup. With the Bills possibly missing Sammy Watkins (foot) on Thursday, the Jets DST will be a great play. Sep 12 - 12:21 PM

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NJ Advance Media's Darryl Slater believes Jets DE Sheldon Richardson will "surely" cost more than Muhmmad Wilkerson's $54 million guaranteed.

Richardson can't become a free agent until 2018, but extension talks will almost certainly begin next offseason. After serving a four-game suspension last year and ticketed for a one-game ban to start this one, Richardson carries a lot more off-field baggage than Wilkerson, but he also will enter the negotiation period after what is expected to be another big NFL salary-cap bump. The extra money in the market will drive up Richardson's price, giving the Jets yet another tough contract decision along the defensive line.
Jul 16 - 9:41 AM

NFL suspended Jets DL Sheldon Richardson one game for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

The suspension stems from a traffic incident last summer in which Richardson allegedly drove as fast as 143 miles per hour and attempted to evade the officer who was pulling him over. With Richardson on the sidelines Week 1, free-agent addition Jarvis Jenkins should see plenty of snaps. Despite his off-field troubles, the Jets activated Richardson's fifth-year option in April.
Jun 30 - 12:57 PM

Jets DL Sheldon Richardson said he's back down to 309 pounds after playing closer to 320 last season.

That's closer to where Richardson played as a rookie in 2013. Richardson believes it will help him get downfield more. "He was a little heavier last year," coach Todd Bowles said. "Sheldon's a good athlete. He holds it well. He can move, but, being a little bit lighter for him will play into his benefit." The concern for Richardson's 2016 isn't his weight, but a possible suspension after he was arrested on traffic and resisting arrest charges last summer. The case has been resolved, so an NFL ruling should come sometime this summer.
May 26 - 6:47 PM

Jets exercised DE Sheldon Richardson's fifth-year option for 2017.

This was a no-brainer. Richardson has proven himself one of the most effective and versatile linemen in the game, and the option is guaranteed for injury only, meaning the Jets can get out of the deal if he suffers any setbacks off the field. The option will be worth just over $8 million.
Apr 18 - 8:14 AM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said DL Sheldon Richardson will no longer play outside linebacker.

Richardson was forced into emergency duty outside because of the Jets' lack of talent on the edge. New York undoubtedly hopes to fix their edge situation in the draft, which should allow Richardson to play all of his snaps along the defensive line. Heading into the final year of his rookie deal, Richardson should cash in next offseason if he can stay out of trouble off the field.
Mar 22 - 11:20 AM

Jets LE Sheldon Richardson could be moved inside.

Richardson is the early favorite to replace Damon Harrison, with Leonard Williams bookending RE Muhammad Wilkerson. Richardson should see time at multiple spots in 2016.
Mar 12 - 8:02 PM

According to the New York Daily News, the Jets view LE Sheldon Richardson as more "indispensable" than free agent RE Muhammad Wilkerson.

The Jets were open to trading Wilkerson last spring, and now they're faced with the decision of whether to keep him at his $15.7 million franchise number, or pursue a "tag-and-trade" deal with Wilkerson. More-valued Richardson will command a high-dollar long-term commitment soon. Especially with Leonard Williams coming off a solid rookie year and NT Damon Harrison's contract up, the Jets may not be able to afford dishing out big money to both of their stud ends.
Feb 29 - 2:44 PM

Jets DL Sheldon Richardson has avoided jail time for his July arrest on traffic and resisting arrest charges in St. Charles County, Mo.

Richardson was accused of driving up 143 miles per hour as he attempted to evade police, but has escaped with probation, a fine and community service. He's still subject to discipline under the league's personal-conduct policy, and will likely draw a suspension.
Jan 26 - 3:44 PM

Sheldon Richardson has started to play snaps at outside linebacker in the Jets' 3-4 front.

Richardson played 18 snaps at linebacker last week and has now played 125-of-533 snaps with his hand up this season. Richardson calls his new hybrid position the MPB7. "It's multi-purpose box seven," he said. "Any position you need me to play in the box seven, I can play." The Jets should exercise Richardson's fifth-year option this offseason, giving them control of the talented defender at a reasonable price for the next two seasons, but they will have to make the tough decision of who to pay on their defensive line with both Muhammad Wilkerson and Damon Harrison set to be free agents. Richardson has troubling off-field issues, but Harrison will likely be the odd man out.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 08:30:00 PM

Jets declared DE Sheldon Richardson, SS Dion Bailey, T Dakota Dozier, T Ben Ijalana, CB Dee Milliner, QB Bryce Petty and WR Kenbrell Thompkins inactive for Week 11 against the Texans.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Richardson (hamstring) was unlikely to play so his absence is hardly a surprise. Antonio Cromartie (quad), Eric Decker (knee), Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb), Nick Mangold (neck/hand), Brandon Marshall (toe/ankle), Dexter McDougie (hand/ankle), Bilal Powell (ankle), Calvin Pryor (ankle), Darrelle Revis (hip) and Buster Skrine (shoulder/hand) are all active.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 11:57:00 AM

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson (hamstring) is not expected to play Sunday against the Texans.

Richardson didn't practice this week and was always a long shot to suit up against Houston. His absence should open up more work for Leger Douzable and Stephen Bowen at right end.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 09:10:00 AM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said DE Sheldon Richardson (hamstring, questionable) will be a game-time decision.

"I’ll see him warm up before the game and make a decision after that," Bowles said. Richardson did not practice at all this week, and no Jet has played this season after missing the entire week of practice. Richardson will likely sit.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 11:02:00 AM

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson (hamstring) remained sidelined at Friday's practice and is questionable for Week 11 against the Texans.

Richardson hasn't practiced all week. At best, he'll be a game-time decision. The Jets do have plenty of depth on their defensive line.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 01:19:00 PM

Sheldon Richardson (hamstring) didn't practice Thursday and will be a game-time decision Sunday against the Texans.

He didn't practice on Wednesday either. Richardson has played well since returning from his four-game suspension. He has 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble in five appearances.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 01:37:00 PM

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RG1Brian Winters
2Dakota Dozier
RT1Brent Qvale
2Ben Ijalana
3Breno Giacomini
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